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Mercy Me, Mercy YoUU

Join us this Sunday as we explore the theme of Mercy with guest speaker, Elaine Bowen.

Sermon from May 28, 2017

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Join us this Sunday as Rev. Joe Cherry explores the theme of Mercy by telling the stories of the Hough Uprising in 1966, a Cleveland City School teacher in 2015, and the loving miracle that is PFLAG. 

Sermon from 5/21/17

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Come enjoy a celebration and reflection on Mother's Day as we share the musical talents of our community, as well as poetry and reflections on the act of mothering, whether you are one, or not!  

Excerpts from our service...

Greeting Shekinah by Lynn Gottlieb...read by Amy Collins, CLM

Mother's Day Proclamation by Julia Ward Howe...reflection by Rev. Dr. Rina Shere

Improvisations...original music by Karin Tooley

Mothering Beyond Biology...reflection by Rev. Dr. Rina Shere

something beautiful by Elyria Rose...read by Sarah Bishop

You Were Right, Mom...There, I Said It!...reflection by Susan Paterson

 

Service from 5/14/17

 

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Across our country Unitarian Universalist Congregations have volunteered to take a hard look at how racism functions in our faith. You are invited this Sunday to explore with our minister, Rev. Joe Cherry, the question of racism in the United States. UU Congregations in all 50 states and 5 foreign countries are taking part this week, as well as last week, in this important conversation. We hope you'll join us.

Sermon from 5/7/17

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We regularly encounter situations in our daily lives that illustrate a clash of values between the pursuit of self-interest and promotion of the common good. Real life stories will illustrate how people viewing the same situation subconsciously apply different values, resulting in disputes about appropriate behavior. Value judgments that seem obvious may be more complex when perceived through the lens of these conflicting American values.

Our guest speaker today is Rev. Christie Anderson CLM, who was raised an Episcopalian, has been a Unitarian Universalist since joining the Kent UU congregation in 2000. She was commissioned under the OMD's Commissioned Lay Leader program in 2008. Christie completed seminary studies at The New Seminary for Interfaith Studies in New York City, where she was ordained as an Interfaith Minister in 2012. She retired from her long-time career as Executive Director of the Portage Metropolitan Housing Authority and now works part-time as the manager of a food pantry and hot meal program in Kent.

Service from 4/30/17

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Join our guest speaker, Rabbi Joshua L. Caruso of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, as he discusses the challenges and opportunities of living a meaningful Jewish life in the United States.

Service from 4/23/17

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Easter is the central miracle of the Christian faith; a holiday to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus, the Christ. What can we as a faith of people with multiple ideas about what is holy do with this?  Join Rev. Joe Cherry and the rest of the congregation as we work together to make sense, respectfully, of a holiday that for many is confusing.

 

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There are many changes going on right now in the executive level of the UUA, which has far-reaching implications for the regional districts and the membership at large.  Join Rev. Joe Cherry as he talks about the changes, and how to stick together in difficult times like these.

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Freedom of Choice

Our theological theme this month is Freedom. Some people think of freedom, as well, free, but with freedom comes responsibilities. This first Sunday of April Rev. Joe Cherry will be talking to us about the Freedom to Die movement.

Service from 4/2/17

 

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This Sunday we wind up this month's theme of Redemption.  

Exploring the concept of "redemption" can take thoughts in a variety of directions. Join the Worship Team as they contemplate concepts of forgiveness, grudges, and when to hang on to or let go of our resentments. What do we require of someone who has harmed us to consider them "redeemed?"

Service from 3/26/17

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